Tiger Woods, Second Shots, and the Ridiculous Grace of God

So how over the coverage of the Tiger Woods DUI are you?

Yeah, me too.

IT’S. ALL. OVER. THE. PLACE.

I get it. When the story broke, the NBA Finals hadn’t started, nobody really cares about football OTAs, and hockey… well, c’mon! It’s a really slow sports news cycle. ESPN needs to run something, and Tiger news is better than more Lavar Ball.

Side note: I can’t stand that guy. Lavar Ball. Sheesh!

But the news networks aired the story. The talking heads went to work pontificating about the downfall of Woods. The mug shot was released. Then the dashcam footage came out. And we consumed it all. Every ounce until we were sick of the story. Like a toddler who’s hidden the bag of gummy bears in their room, and instead of going to sleep, they’re gorging on that sugary treat. Everything seems great until they throw up in their bed later that night.

I really enjoy golfing. I don’t get to go that often, and I’m not very good. In fact, I’m below average (USGA says a score of about 90 is average). Still, I love getting out there and doing my best. One great shot per round is all it takes to keep you coming back for more. If you’ve ever been golfing, you know the feeling.

Of course, you also know the feeling of hitting an absolutely terrible shot. The one that only goes about 15 yards or lands right in the middle of the blue fairway… also known as water.

And that’s when you take another ball, throw it down, swing… and hit the most beautiful shot you’ve ever seen. It’d be great if only it counted. My pastor used to often joke about writing a book titled, “How to Hit Your Second Shot First.” He may be on to something. Second shots seem to be so much easier, and often so much better. Wouldn’t you like to have a few second shots?

 

In golf, it’s called a mulligan. But life doesn’t really come with mulligans. Every shot counts. Second shots don’t really exist, and second chances are rare.

In life that is. But grace… grace is a different story.

Now, before I go on, I’m not saying grace is a mulligan. It doesn’t erase your first shot. You’re not Marty McFly. Grace is not the DeLorean. The first shot happened. You can’t change it, and there’s no use denying it.

So then, what is grace? Grace is that ridiculous opportunity, given by God, to throw down another ball and hit the shot again like it matters, because it does. Grace doesn’t remove the past; grace transforms the past. It takes all those missed shots, bad hits, and downright whiffs and somehow makes something great out of it. I can’t explain it, but I’ve experienced it. And in a way, that’s even more powerful.

Which brings us back to Tiger Woods and the general way we obsess over the downfall of superstars. Why do we love watching these people fall? Do we get some kind of gratification from it? Does it make us feel better about our own issues, as if shining the light on their failings dims the light on our own?

And Christians, we’re just as guilty! We give up on people who fall all the time. We may not blatantly ask them to leave our churches, but we’re masters of subtle communication – the looks, stares, whispers when they enter the room. It’s like we want them to feel uncomfortable. What’s that about? Shouldn’t the people who have experienced the ridiculous grace of God be quick to give that same grace to others?

It reminds me of the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery. She was caught… in the act… of adultery… Talk about a time you’d like to use a mulligan! (Side note: who are these creepers peeping in the window to catch her?) The crowd, hurling accusations, throws her at the feet of Jesus. He kneels down, writes something in the sand, and shows us exactly what grace looks like. He says a few words and the crowd leaves. Then He looks at her in a way only Jesus can look at a person, seeing her and seeing into her simultaneously. He speaks, “Neither do I condemn you. Now go and sin no more.”

Here’s the question – when people fall, are we standing with the crowd or are we kneeling with Jesus? Do we consume all the juicy details of their sin or do we show them how God is giving them a chance to hit that second shot first? Every failure by those in our churches is our opportunity to demonstrate the same grace that has transformed our lives.

What if church became synonymous for second shots and second chances? Not a place of accusations, gossip, and throwing rocks… but a community of people willing to kneel down with the fallen, hand them a second chance, and cheer as they take another swing in life.

You don’t deserve it. Neither do I. Neither does Tiger.

And that’s the ridiculousness of grace.

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Confessions of a Pastor, part one.

I don’t really know when I had the idea. Perhaps it was while I was eating dinner with a friend… or maybe we were drinking a couple of lattes at Starbucks. If you know me well, it could very well have come while I was in the bathroom, which by the way is where I do some of my best thinking. (Before you judge me or are grossed out by that thought, cut me some slack. There are 4 kids in my house 10 years old and younger. Quiet space to just think and let your mind wander is a cherished commodity!)

The thought went something like, “I wonder if people really know what goes through a pastor’s mind.” I know other’s have done something similar to what I will attempt. Craig Groeschel wrote a great book with the same title back in 2006. Others have preached sermons or sermon series… we even did one at Vertical Church in the early years called “Dirty Little Secret.” But that’s not what I was thinking – those things have always played it a little safe, ya know?

I struggle with doubt.

I experience sexual temptations.

Church people get on my nerves and I want to punch them.

Those may not sound safe, but they are. It’s kinda hip to talk about doubt, sex, and religious people. Throw in a couple of comments about prayer and finances and you’re golden. I want to take you a step further… be a bit more real and vulnerable, and a lot more personal. Maybe the things I’m going to share don’t apply to every pastor. In fact, they probably don’t. It’s also entirely possible that I have issues… certainly wouldn’t be the first time. If you’re a pastor and you can identify, that’s great. You’re not alone. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, pray for me. Evidently I need it.

Last thing, it’s a little bit scary writing this because there are those in my own church who may think I’m being passive-aggressive and writing this about them. Please know that I’m not. I don’t do passive-aggressive. Ask people who really know me – I’m either passive or aggressive. I don’t really have a middle ground.

And with that, here’s my first confession…

#1 If I say what I really think about your situation, I’m afraid you’ll get mad, leave the church, and talk bad about me and my family.

Here’s the deal. As a pastor, I get to have a front row seat to a lot of really awesome things that happen in people’s lives. The downside, of course, means that I also sit across the booth in restaurants and coffee shops as people share about difficulty and pain. The hardest is the self-inflicted pain. You know… the kind that comes from a series of poor choices.

Now, it’s not that I don’t feel empathy. I do. My heart breaks for people just about every day. That’s something they don’t teach you in seminary or bible school… being a pastor means having your heart opened over and over again.

It’s also not that I struggle to come up with something to say. I know the difference (mostly) between the time to speak and the time to listen. I think I’m a pretty good “question-asker” too. It’s always good to ask questions when people are sharing about life. It lets them know you’re interested in what they are saying and helps them share more of their story.

Here’s the hard thing, at least for me. This usually ends with the person on the other side of the booth asking me what I think… or what they should do… what should they say, etc. This is a frightening question. In my experience, you see, some people aren’t very teachable. They want all grace, with little to no truth mixed in (see John 1:14). For them, truth = judgment = judgmental. So if I share what I believe to be the truth they need to hear in that moment, I’m taking a real risk that I will be automatically misunderstood and characterized as a judgmental and condescending Christian pastor.

And that’s when they leave the church.

And typically, when they leave, they talk. A lot. And they try to get others to leave with them. They say things that aren’t true, not only about me, but often times about my family. Sometimes they say things that are pure fabrications; other times it’s half-truths and misconceptions. Rarely does anyone who hears this come to ask if there’s any truth to it. I’ve found that many people jump at the chance to hear something negative about a pastor. It confirms their pre-conceived idea that we’re either incapable of holding down a “real job” or egotistical and self-centered.

Now, you may not believe all that is true. I wish it wasn’t. But it has happened enough to me and the pastors I know that now I’m a bit guarded when giving out advice, especially spiritual advice. I want to tell you what I think you should do, what I think is best, what I think God would want you to hear, but I don’t know how you’ll respond, and that is a really scary place for me. So to be honest, sometimes I hold back. I don’t tell you what I think you need to hear because I’m not completely sure I can trust you.

Because here’s what I won’t do, specifically if you respond negatively… if you leave and start talking. I won’t tell people what you shared with me, how you’re struggling and hurting. It would be easier for me… most people know that hurting people hurt people. I could say everything I know, and it may even vindicate me, but I won’t. I’ll be clear about the things being said about me, but I won’t drag you down in the process. I won’t tell them how your marriage is falling apart, or about your kid’s drug problem, or the impending foreclosure. I won’t even mention that you’re still pretty immature in your faith. I’ll simply say, “I don’t know,” and try to change the subject.

So that’s my first confession. It’s not the most revealing nor vulnerable confession of this series. Neither is it the closest one to my soul. It’s just simply the first one. And I’m working on it. I’m moving past the fear of “what if” and simply trying to embrace the obedience in the “right now.” I’ve discovered that God has promised to work all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.

I’m leaning into that promise.

Donald Trump’s First 100, Fake News, and Politics in the Postmodern World

As I write this, Donald Trump has been POTUS for almost 100 days now. It’s been, shall we say… eventful. As I scroll through my news feeds, both on social media and online news sites, his reception has not been without flair and controversy. To some, President Trump is evil incarnate… (insert inappropriate Spicer-like reference to Hitler)… to others, he is “the son of righteousness rising with healing in his wings.” Obviously, both of these descriptions can’t be true… right?

Fake news.

We started hearing that phrase around election time as eventually debunked news stories were shared on Facebook and other platforms faster than an Ellen selfie at the Oscars. I suspect the phrase “fake news” is just picking up steam. I could see it being the word/phrase of 2017… applied loosely, of course. And that’s the frustrating thing about it. How do you know if what you’re reading is “fake news” or not? Do you trust one or two particular sources or news outlets? If so, which ones? And how did you arrive at that conclusion? And are all other angles of newsworthy events that don’t match your preferred angle labeled “fake news” or do they have a certain measure of viability?

Facebook.

Back in the early fall of 2016 I decided to logoff of Facebook for 21 days… in January. I started January 8th to be exact. Can I be honest for a second? It was glorious! While I certainly knew things were heating up during the inauguration (those in my circle were all too willing to share), I was relieved that I had made a decision months ago that pulled me out of the conversation. Good or bad… Christian or not, I was thankful. But I noticed something when I logged back on. Most of my friends shared news stories from pretty much the same sources – RedState, Blaze, Fox News on one side, and David Wolfe, Slate, Huffington Post on the other (just to name a few). It was an endless legion of voices calling out to me to listen to their truths. It’s not that I hadn’t noticed it before, I had. But for some reason, it intrigued me.

Postmodern Thought.

I wrote my master’s thesis on postmodernity while in seminary. I attempted a dialogue between classical pentecostalism, postmodernity, and the emerging church (a hip topic in the early 2000s). The term”postmodern” represents a broad range of thoughts and ideas across multiple fields of study. As a theology student, I focused primarily on the idea of truth. While there is certainly a postmodern camp that would argue that truth doesn’t exist outside of one’s own interpretation, a more mainstream version is that complete truth can’t be known, possessed, owned by one person or ideology.

Perhaps an analogy would be helpful.

Suppose you and I were both looking at the same city, from the same building, on the same floor, but from two different windows – yours on the north side, mine on the south. From our perspective, what we each see of the city is true; yet, we cannot grasp the fullness of the city from our limited view. So what we see is true because it’s true for me, though it might not be true for you. It’s an oversimplified analogy, but perhaps it helps. Truth is the product of the systems and structures that create a perspective, so it is contextual, changing, and experienced in varying degrees.

Donald Trump, Fake News, and Politics in the Postmodern World

Let me just cut to the chase here… it seems to me that the seemingly unending voices, blogs, website, and news outlets that fill our phone screens are nothing more than the cost of doing politics in the postmodern world where truth is multi-layered and multi-versed. To use the building analogy, we already live in a world where each window in the building has a space to express its individual perspective of the city.

Who’s right?

Who’s wrong?

Who knows?

I don’t want to be an alarmist, but I don’t see things getting any better. It’s as if truth has become so multi-layered, so individualistic, that it has turned in on itself and is eating away at the core of human society. In other words, we’re burning down the building arguing who has the right window to view the city. That’s not to say that people just need to hush and not say anything… or that we don’t need to talk about injustice when we see it.

Of course, with so many views and perspectives, it’s increasingly difficult to tell which ones are grounded in reality and which ones are embellished truth or down right fabricated lies! In other words, if everyone has their unique window to reality, how do we distinguish between what is simply a different viewpoint and what is fake news? Moreover, if you’re super skeptical like me, what do you do when you assume most all news media has a financial backer(s) with a vested interest in public perception of truth?

The Way Forward… at least for me.

It would be incredibly UNpostmodern for me to suggest THE way forward. Instead, let me just share with you the way forward… for me.

1. Embrace core convictions with a closed hand.  There are certain beliefs and convictions I will hold tightly. From Jesus Christ as the centerpiece of the human story to the glaring need for racial reconciliation and gender equality, these realities are central to my personality and identity. I will not apologize nor compromise on them.

2. Embrace “truth” with an open hand. While I will hold tightly to core convictions, I will hold “truth” loosely. It seems in our world that we have legions of voices of truth. News channels, blog sites, our crazy uncle on Facebook… so many are vying for the opportunity to speak into our thoughts. While I may have my preferred sources, I will still hold on to the truth they speak with an open hand. Challenge them. Disagree with them. Point out their flaws. It’s ok. These are open-handed.

3. Embrace people with both hands. When I was a youth pastor, I used to teach our students that “it is better to be right than right.” Better to be in right relationship than destroy the relationship on the altar of proving you are right. In other words, even though I may believe strongly in my truth, I don’t have to be a jerk about it. I can run from pride and arrogance. Are there times I’ll just have to hold my tongue, nod, and silently disagree? Yes. I don’t have to correct everyone. They are entitled to be wrong, just like me.

The Apostle Paul said it best, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Rom. 12:18) Now, that doesn’t mean just shut up and never speak out or share your opinion. I think the verses immediately before and after really provide the context. He says “do not repay anyone evil for evil” and later, “do not take revenge.” When I share something on social media, particularly something political, I ask myself, “Why am I sharing this? Am I trying to prove a point? Am I in an imaginary argument with someone who I hope sees this and changes their thinking? Am I trying to instigate something? Is this a passive-egressive attempt on my part?”

So what do you think? What is your way forward and how are you navigating the current culture? I’d love to hear your thoughts… as long as it doesn’t contain fake news!

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#EasteratVC Recap

It’s Wednesday afternoon, and I just finished some sermon preparation for this coming weekend. We’re starting a new series, Field of Dreams, and it’s going to be awesome. However, if I’m completely honest, I’ve been a little distracted. I’m still buzzing from what happened at Vertical Church on Easter Sunday. It was our biggest Easter EVER! Not only in attendance, but we also saw a record number of salvations, and let’s face it, that’s far and away the most important number for the day.

I’ve been trying to figure out what was different, and I think I’ve discovered it. Want to know?

Nothing.

Nada.

Zilch.

We did nothing for Easter Sunday that we couldn’t repeat each and every week. Now that doesn’t mean we did nothing. I actually think we could look back and see four things we did intentionally that really positioned us for an awesome Easter. Obviously, all credit goes to God for everything that happened. We simply operated in His power… but we still operated. As I’ve heard Perry Noble ask before, if God’s will is for every church to grow, why aren’t all churches growing? That’s why I want to share these 4 decisions we made that made all the difference.

  1. We sought God. Starting back in March, we began a 21-day period of focused prayer and scripture reading. I’ve rarely been as encouraged as a pastor as I was when I saw people sharing photos of our prayer card as they took the step to own our Easter through prayer. Just like all of life begins and ends with God, so our Easter experience began and ended with God. I just think it began way before Easter.
  2. We showed up. As a pastor, I’ve come to the realization that on any given Sunday only about 60% – 75% of the people who consider our church home actually attend. I’m not trying to be overly negative or fuss… there are a variety of reasons for this. Many people work on Sundays. That’s just a fact of life. Living close to the beach and a pretty good amusement park doesn’t help either, especially when the weather warms up. But on those days when attendance climbs to something more 90% – 95%, it really makes a difference.
  3. We stepped out. So many people sacrificed their time to serve and make the day happen. We had people in rolls that we’d been dreaming and talking about for a while, and they shined. It made a difference too. Guests weren’t just greeted at the door, but they were greeted in the hallways, in the auditorium, walking their kids to different theaters. They were smiled at, welcomed, shown a seat. From our production team to kids, we had people stepping up all over the place.
  4. We shared a lot. Did you know that nearly every first-time guest (not all, but a whole lot) was personally invited? It makes a huge difference when each of us takes ownership of the growth of the church. Sure we did a little bit of advertising online, but far and away the number one reason people gave for attending was personal invitation. And I know we did the fun “Egg Your Neighbor” boxes, but that was just to encourage more personal invitations.

That’s it, really. Even when it came to the adult and kids’ worship experiences, we didn’t really do anything out-of-the-box. We didn’t fly in helicopters, sky dive from airplanes, or fill the Regal parking lot with exotic animals (no criticism if you or your church did any or all of those things). In fact, we opened the adult experience with the Gaither song, “Because He Lives.” How’s that for innovative? We did what we do every Sunday. We sang worship songs, preached the gospel, and gave people an opportunity to respond. And they did!

So here’s what I’m thinking, especially if you’re reading this and you call Vertical Church home.

Let’s do it again!

Let’s not stop seeking God, showing up, stepping out, and sharing a lot. We don’t need it to be Easter to do those. They don’t cost a dime. Let’s build on the miracles God performed this past Sunday, and let’s step fully into the purpose He has for our church. I’m not trying to compare or compete with any other church, but you need to know – what happened Sunday IS NOT NORMAL! I know of plenty of churches that had 2 or 3 times as many people attend, but didn’t see a tenth of the number of salvations or recommitments we saw. That’s not to say anything negative about them but to simply underscore the unique opportunity God is presenting to us.

If God is pouring out His Spirit…

If revival is rising…

If salvation is springing forth…

Then let’s take hold of that for which Christ Jesus has taken hold of us. For we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Let’s do it again!

Why is it called Good Friday?

good fridayHave you ever wondered that? Why is today… the day we remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ… why is it called “good?” How could something so horrific, so brutal, ever be called good? I’ve heard it said that asphyxiation by crucifixion is one of the most painful deaths imaginable. Add that to the reality that the Romans were masters of death, and well… ’nuff said.

Some will say that it’s akin to a texting fail. You know, you tried to type father but because your thumbs are too big you typed farter. They say it was originally “God’s” Friday, but over time it became “Good” Friday. Others suggest that it is good as in holy, a day set by the church to observe a sacred time or season. Have you ever heard someone say, “Good tidings,” at Christmas? Same idea.

These may very well be true. I’m no expert. However, I think the only way we can call it Good Friday is if we view it from the perspective of Sunday. In other words, there are some things we experience that can only be fully understood when we look back at them from a place of victory. If Jesus doesn’t get out of the grave on Sunday morning, it’s anything but Good Friday.

It’s Defeated Friday.

It’s Fearful Friday.

It’s Hopeless Friday.

But He did get out! And when He came out of that grave, He didn’t come out empty-handed. He came out with all power and authority in heaven and earth. That thing that’s been holding you down… that addiction, that depression, that stress… Jesus stripped it of it’s power.

It’s good because on the cross of Calvary, Jesus took the best the enemy had to offer. He exhausted every weapon that could be used against you. The devil has nothing to throw at you because He threw it all at Jesus.

It’s good because it’s the day we remember that through Jesus, God showed his great love for us. Jesus became sin… became like us so that we might become like Him.

And it’s that same power that raised Jesus from the dead who now lives inside those of us who have surrendered our lives to the Crucified King… the Resurrected King. It’s His power that has been made available to us to announce to the world His good news.

Easter is just 2 days away! I’m so excited, I just about can’t stand it. I hope you’re inviting people. Every time the thought crosses my mind to invite someone to church, I assume that is God speaking to me! The enemy certainly wouldn’t lead me to invite them. So I act on it, knowing if God is leading me then He’ll also empower me.

This isn’t the time to say “no” for people! If God is working on you to invite them, He’s probably working on them to accept. Did you know that surveys suggest 9 out of 10 unchurched people said they would come to church if they were invited? Maybe you don’t fully understand why you’re being led to invite them, but chances are you will when you get to look back on it from a place of victory.

In that case, any day can be a “good” day.

What I learned about Easter from a wild goose.

Lately, one of my favorite evening activities has been to walk the fairway behind my house and look for lost golf balls. If you haven’t been to my house, we live on a golf course. We don’t get free golf, sadly. However, I usually find about 10 golf balls each time I go out, so that’s something!

As I was walking yesterday, I came upon a mother goose watching over her eggs. I must have crossed her “don’t come near my babies” line because she raised up and let out a hiss that can only be described as terrifying. If you happened to be just at the right spot on Greenbrier Blvd., you were treated to the hilarious sight of a grown man in a full sprint in fear from a goose that never moved.

I’m not proud about that, but it did give me a particular thought. What if we were as passionate about inviting people to church as that goose was about protecting her unhatched babies? What if we understood our mission to be as vital and necessary as that mother goose’s? It certainly is.

I haven’t spent a ton of time reading 2 Timothy, but I did come across a passage that has just lodged in my heart lately. From the International Children’s Bible (don’t judge me…) 2 Timothy 1:10 says this, “Jesus destroyed death. And through the Good News, he showed us the way to have life that cannot be destroyed.”

Life that cannot be destroyed. Wow.

When you share the story of Jesus with someone, you’re inviting them to discover a life that cannot be destroyed.

Not by depression.

Not by sickness.

Not by fear.

Not by addiction.

Not by brokenness.

Not by pain.

Life that cannot be destroyed. Period.

Why? Because Jesus destroyed death… and when he destroyed death, he destroyed every weapon that death wielded. They were all stripped of their power. Again, Paul puts it this way in Colossians 2:15, “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

So let’s release our inner wild goose… full of passion, energy, and purpose. Let’s invite our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family members to church this Easter. We have a powerful story to share, and we need not shrink back from it. And when they see the way to have life that cannot be destroyed, let’s make earth look more like heaven, joining the celebration taking place among the angels.

Resources to Help You Grow as a Christian

Here’s the truth: If you’re depending on your pastor (or any other leader for that matter) to meet all of your spiritual needs, you’re going to be disappointed… and odds are, you’ll leave them drained.

We’re not gurus. We’re not experts. We don’t have a corner on the market.

And you can’t thrive as a follower of Jesus if you only engage with God one day a week… through someone else.

Back in the 1500s, a guy named Martin Luther started a reformation helping people understand they could have direct access to God. He was right – YOU have direct access to God. You can pray on your own, worship on your own, and serve on your own.

The church is and should be a vital part of your faith. Plants don’t typically survive unless they are rooted in good soil. But there are things you can do to grow your faith all week long, not just on Sunday.

So, here’s a list of some of my favorite resources and links to help.

  • THE BIBLE
    • This one is easy. Hands down, YouVersion is just about the best platform for reading the Bible digitally. The website is great, but the app is where the magic happens. You can choose a reading plan, share notes and questions with others, and keep track of your progress. Also, every Sunday at Vertical Church, we have an event on YouVersion where you can take sermon notes.
  • BOOKS – Here are just three books I’ve read that have helped me grow in my faith (other than the Bible, of course… see above!)
    • Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis. This is a classic from one of the most important authors of the 20th century. Great read for both beginners and veterans.
    • Home Run – Kevin Myers. Fairly new edition to my list, the value of this book is in the analogy Pastor Kevin uses to describe how a Christian grows. Plus, we’re doing a series from this in the spring!
    • Simply Christian – N.T. Wright. A bit thicker on the content, I would recommend this one to a person who’s already familiar with Christianity but is looking for some fresh perspective.
  • PODCASTS – I listen to a lot of sermons and preachers. Here are three of my favorites.
    • Andy Stanley – Senior Pastor of North Point Community Church (and a bunch of others) in Georgia. Pastor Andy’s sermons are always incredibly practical and easy to understand.
    • Judah Smith – Pastor of The City Church in Seattle, WA. Pastor Judah is a great communicator, and his stories are hilarious. But don’t be fooled, he’ll smack you in the face with the truth while making you enjoy it!
    • John Gray – Associate Pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. He’s a recent addition to my list, and you’ll have to just search him out because he doesn’t have his own podcast. But it’s definitely worth it!
  • WORSHIP MUSIC – I love music. I love Jesus. I love music about Jesus… good music about Jesus 😂! The links here are to their websites. You can also search for them on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, or wherever else you like.
    • Bethel Music – The worship songs that come out of this place are just insane! A majority of the songs we play on Sundays at Vertical Church come from either Bethel Church or Jesus Culture, who used to be at Bethel before launching a church in Sacramento, CA.
    • Hillsong – Just because it’s obvious doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Includes Hillsong Music, Hillsong United, Hillsong Young and Free… and whatever else they put out!
    • Ramp Church – This is another place where we find songs for Sunday. It also doesn’t hurt that Hope’s sister and her husband sing and play there!

I hope this list helps you grow in your faith. Pick one or two of these and try them for a week or two. And be sure to let me know in the comments below what you find helpful or what you’d add to the list. I can already thing of a few things I missed!